Smarter technology brings new garbage fines to Winters

New technology on garbage collection trucks in Winters will include new fines for residents here.
FILE: The logo of Waste Management is seen on the side of a dumpster off Abbey Street in Winters on November 4, 2018. Photo by Matthew Keys
FILE: The logo of Waste Management is seen on the side of a dumpster off Abbey Street in Winters on November 4, 2018. Photo by Matthew Keys

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In a letter reported by the Daily Democrat newspaper, Woodland City Manager Paul Navazio encouraged Rodriguez and Waste Management to delay those fines until the beginning of 2020. Similar pushback was nowhere to be found at last Tuesday’s council meeting, with City Manager John Donlevy defending the overage and contamination penalties as necessary in order to keep up with the times. “The reality of waste management is it’s becoming more complex,” Donlevy said. He encouraged residents and businesses to report people who are conducting illegal activity, including refuse dumping. Rodriguez said the new technology and fines were not intended to single out any problematic customer; in fact, the technology on the trucks can also be used to identify cans that are in need of repair and graffiti to business dumpsters in a time frame that will give the company time to fix a problem before a customer reports or even notices it. It can also help identify which customers are overfilling their small bins so the company can offer to provide larger bins, a technique Waste Management calls “right-sizing.” As for those new fines, Rodriguez said the proof is in the number: When businesses began receiving overage and contamination fines earlier this year, Rodriguez said instances of overflowing refuse bins dropped by 56 percent wile contaminated loads fell by 89 percent. “It is working,” she said. “It is cleaning up the city.”]]>

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